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  • Summary: Polybius is the latest trance-shooter from the creators of Tempest 2000 and TxK, Llamasoft.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 22, 2017
    100
    Polybius is an excellent shooter that takes inspiration from the 80s arcade scene in the best of ways. It is a finely crafted experience that only benefits from being on the PlayStation VR. It can be an intense experience, however, and one best left to relatively short gameplay sessions lest the visual overload become too much. Owners of PlayStation VR should definitely look to add this to their library, as it is one of the best VR titles on the PlayStation at present. Jeff Minter and Llamasoft have got another winner.
  2. Edge Magazine
    Jun 22, 2017
    90
    Polybius is a profoundly consuming and transportive experience of eye-watering intensity that'll leave you dazed and bewildered in the best possible way. [Aug 2017, p.118]
  3. Jul 12, 2017
    90
    Polybius provides the feeling of having one’s mind washed clean for a few moments, shaken free of clutter.
  4. May 12, 2017
    83
    Incredibly fast arcade action with a flashy retro design that works surprisingly well in VR.
  5. CD-Action
    Jul 20, 2017
    80
    An awesome, extremely trippy game of a kind we rarely see these days. The speeds are so great here that you need to achieve total unity with the game to avoid obstacles. [08/2017, p.71]
  6. Jul 18, 2017
    80
    Fasten your seat belts, because you're about to go for an authentic Jeff-Minter-trance-lysergic-VR ride. Polybius offers pretty simple yet robust gameplay basics, and a good punishment-reward balance that requires a little bit of strategy. Protip: take a breath, once in a while, or you may send your brain in overdrive.
  7. 60
    I’m fully prepared to accept that this may well be another gamer’s classic. Sure, I’m underwhelmed and would much rather Atari stopped being pricks and would just let Minter unleash TxK onto PSVR but Polybius is currently doing very well in the reviews. So, maybe it’s just me and this game might end up being the classic you’re hoping it is. But from where I’m sitting this is a bit of a mess and just too simplistic compared to my favourite Llamasoft games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    This game pushed me over the edge to buy a PSVR after playing it for a while in 2D. I would have rated it a 9 or 10 before playing it in VR. IThis game pushed me over the edge to buy a PSVR after playing it for a while in 2D. I would have rated it a 9 or 10 before playing it in VR. I really liked it but the one aspect that was most challenging was lining up boost gates. In VR this is much easier and the game displays an entirely new degree of perfection. Playing this for the first time in VR I was honestly shocked that such an incredible experience is now possible. I would rate the game 11 if I could. At its price of under $16 it is highly worth getting whether you have VR or not if you like shooting games or easy to learn hard to master types of gameplay loops. Expand
  2. May 12, 2017
    10
    Quite rightly, everyone is going full bore on the wow factor of the graphics. Lot's of old school feel with new school shininess that definesQuite rightly, everyone is going full bore on the wow factor of the graphics. Lot's of old school feel with new school shininess that defines the Llamasoft lloveliness we've come to expect. And it delivers this in spades. And in VR. What's not to like?

    But there's something else that defines a Minter game. And that's balance. Jeff groks games and he groks gamers. In Polybius, Llamasoft chucks a simple concept on the table, wraps it up in some gorgeous visuals, and sprinkles some attractive gameplay over the top. You have fun. it draws you in. On top of laughing in awe at the rush if the gfx, this thing is playable for the getgo. Then, bit by bit, the challenge is ramped up. Sometimes in some really subtle ways. Sometimes with a big lovely slap across the chops (flags, anyone?). And you die. But you always know why. And you try again. And you do a bit better. So you try again. And then, you realise you're past the pinch point. And he brings on the next. This is fantastically supported by the really simple and clever restart best system. Forge on, or rewind and give yourself a better start with more shields? Or a better score of you're leaderboard chasing.

    So you progress, and because the game's balance has educated you that with practice and patience, you will get further, you never feel like a wall has been shoved in front of you. and anyway, with a game as elegant as Polybius, failing has never been so much fun! Which moves us to the fact that this game fells like it has been designed to get you to the zone as quickly as possible. And, despite the speed and trips chaos, it's a remarkably relaxing experience. You get into a rhythm, a flow. It's llovely.

    So, a beautifully crafted game, both visually (obviously), but also more importantly from a gameplay/balance aspect. I came for the graphics, I stayed for the experience. Created by a couple of master craftsmen. At last one of which is also something else beginning with C, as his fans regularly tell him.
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  3. May 11, 2017
    10
    Llamasoft is at the top of their game!
    A positive spin on the Urban Legend that is Polybius set in VR that engulfs you into the game. Instead
    Llamasoft is at the top of their game!
    A positive spin on the Urban Legend that is Polybius set in VR that engulfs you into the game. Instead of causing nausea or subliminal government brainwashing of the 1981 legend, this 2017 version rewards your fluid game play with increasing speed and effects that keep your eyes peeled and put a smile on your face.

    Expect gasps and exclamations of wonderment at what exactly you are experiencing while bright colorful horns, enemies, pills, bulls and fried eggs pulsate by while you're propelled forward at blindingly fast speeds as your scores fly high. The game continually intensifies through levels and is such a pleasurable experience.

    Polybius pushes the tube shooter genre to the Nth degree. Minter's Tempest 2000, 3000, Space Giraffe, TxK have laid the groundwork for other similar offerings such as InFramez' Hypervoid PSVR. As enjoyable as the latter game is, it is great to play another Jeff Minter original. Playable on PS4 with either a TV (good), 3DTV (excellent), or PSVR (Ideal) it carries a modest price tag and worth every penny.
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  4. May 15, 2017
    10
    Polybius is fine wine decanted into new bottles. The premise and execution is from the golden age of arcade gaming and the furrow Minter hasPolybius is fine wine decanted into new bottles. The premise and execution is from the golden age of arcade gaming and the furrow Minter has been ploughing his entire career which he now does with a master's touch, the presentation now includes the latest in console technology: home VR, and the result is intense and fantastic. Few games actually deliver on the promise of being 'trips', but every game of Polybius is a slice of sensory overload, but tempered so that it's never actually overwhelming and the game remains not only playable but sophisticated. This is an essential part of any PSVR library and an instant gaming classic along the lines of Tempest 2000. Expand
  5. May 10, 2017
    10
    Definitely not a game for everyone but fellow Minter fans will lap it up. I've only played it in 2D and even then it is brain meltingly fastDefinitely not a game for everyone but fellow Minter fans will lap it up. I've only played it in 2D and even then it is brain meltingly fast and noisy. Everything that makes Tempest 2000, Space Giraffe etc loved and hated in equal measure. If you're a fan, buy it. But take heed of the heavy handed epilepsy warnings at the beginning. They are serious about the strobing effects! Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2017
    9
    Polybius is a VR shooter that while very simple mechanically can be best described as an acid trip. Easily one of the best VR games out there.
  7. Jul 14, 2017
    0
    This game keeps crashing my PS4 PRO and can't even play it even after deleting it and downloading it again. In the setup after the initialThis game keeps crashing my PS4 PRO and can't even play it even after deleting it and downloading it again. In the setup after the initial install I chose to play in 3D since I do have a 3D 4K TV. I wasted $16 for something that will not even work. Avoid this game if you have a 3D TV. Expand

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